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Mark L. Reuss (44), Executive Director of Global Vehicle Systems and Integration, has been named GMAP Vice President, and Chairman and Managing Director of GM Holden. He takes up his new position on 1 February 2008.
Reuss will replace Chris Gubbey, who has been appointed GME Vice President and Managing Director, GM Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Gubbey has been Chairman and Managing Director of GM Holden since August 2007.
Nick Reilly, GM Group Vice President and President of GM Asia Pacific, comments, “This is a fairly unusual move for GM. As a general rule, GM doesn’t move executives after such a short time, especially in such an important market as Australia, but Chris’ unique expertise in working within partnerships and in developing countries made him the ideal candidate to grow GM’s business in Russia at this critical time.
“Mark is the ideal replacement for Chris. His extensive leadership experience, as well as his product engineering and manufacturing knowledge, will be hugely beneficial to GM Holden. His previous work on global programs and systems integration are very appropriate for Holden’s future.”
Reuss first joined GM in 1983, and during his 25 years has led various product organisations including being responsible for overseeing the production studios where ideas for GM brands that come from GM’s marketing divisions are moved quickly to second-stage production.
He was appointed Executive Director, Architecture Engineering and GM Performance Division in 2001 where he started the new GM Performance Division and launched associated production products and race vehicles. This responsibility included all production engineering in the creative design studios and concept vehicle production for auto shows.
In October of 2005, Mark was appointed Executive Director, North American Vehicle Systems and Architecture. In this job he held the release engineering responsibilities for North American Vehicles in all functions of the vehicle.
His educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1986, and Masters in Business Administration from Duke University in 1990.
He is a certified Industry Pool test driver on the North Course of the famed Nurburgring and has earned his license for Grand American Road Racing.
Chris Gubbey, joined GM Holden in August 2007 after seven years in China. Under his leadership, Shanghai GM - GM's flagship joint venture in China - became China's largest manufacturer of passenger cars and the country's most advanced automaker.
Chris comments, “It has been an exciting and whirlwind few months at GM Holden which has included the launch of the VE Ute, the announcement of VE Sportwagon and the strengthening of our export business model with the start of Pontiac G8 production.
“With Holden’s growing role within GM globally, I am confident that the business is moving in the right direction.
“Whilst I’m obviously excited about the new challenge in Russia, I feel a genuine sadness to be moving on during this dynamic time for GM Holden.
“Being a real product guy, I’m sure that Mark will be a great asset in a company, and a country, that truly loves its cars.”
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